Away with Words: The Daring Story Of Isabella Bird

Ages: 6 - 10Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Author: Lori MortensenIllustrator: Kristy Caldwelll


Prolific children’s author Lori Mortensen tells “The Daring Story of Isabella Bird,” a 19th-century, “proper” Englishwoman with an insatiable desire to see the world. Defying the constraints of tradition and social mores, Bird did just that, relating her adventures across five continents in her bestselling travel books and inspirational public presentations. Nothing quenched her spirit, not “frostbite, cholera, broken bones, volcanic burns,” or other life-threatening events. In 1892, Bird became the first female member of London’s Royal Geographic Society.


Mortensen’s compelling narrative, Kristy Caldwell’s gracefully expressive digital illustrations, and the book’s deft graphic novel design will draw in readers of all ages.




Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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